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Garfield Heights police officer rescues woman from burning house

Posted at 12:13 PM, Feb 07, 2023

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — Around 2:30 a.m., a Garfield Heights police officer is being credited with saving a woman from a burning home on East 84th Street, according to the Garfield Heights Fire Department.

The officer was on patrol when he saw smoke and the home on fire. That's when he requested a response from the Garfield Heights Fire Department as he was able to safely enter the home and evacuate the occupant, officials said.

"It's awesome what he did because she would have definitely died," said Captain Joe Warner Garfield Heights Fire Department.

The woman told the officer that there were no other occupants in the home but there were dogs in the home. The fire department said they were able to rescue one dog in the basement. Another dog and several puppies upstairs died in the fire.

According to the fire department, crews arrived at the scene to heavy fire on two sides of the home and through the roof.

"Honestly, it's divine intervention that she is alive. There was a lot of smoke, a lot of fire," added Warner.

The fire was upgraded to a second alarm. The Brooklyn Heights, Independence, Broadview Heights, Newburgh Heights, Bedford and Bedford Heights fire departments arrived at the scene to assist in getting the fire under control.

The fire was controlled by around 3:30 a.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The state fire marshal has been called to help find a cause.

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